Evening of Impact is postponed until the fall. New date coming soon!

We are honoring all previously purchased tickets and tables, and we look forward to celebrating with our attendees and generous sponsors at our rescheduled event. If you have purchased tickets or sponsorships and you have questions, please contact Amy O’Keeffe at aokeeffe@ourresilience.org.



Please click here to register for our 2020 Evening of Impact.

Early Bird Ticket $150 (early bird registration ends March 27, 2020)
Individual Ticket $175
Reserved Table of Ten $2500
Resilience Volunteer Ticket $75 (you must be a Resilience volunteer)

If you are unable to attend the Evening of Impact but would still like to support the event, you can make a donation by clicking here.



Thursday, April 30, 2020

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
221 N Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601

Cocktail Attire
Valet Parking Available (Cost TBD)
Wheelchair Accessible



Elizabeth and Michael Beaudin and Jonathan Center

Elizabeth and Michael Beaudin and Resilience Director of the Board Jonathan Center are thrilled to serve as Co-Chairs for the 17th Annual Evening of Impact.



Detective Ronald Schmuck

Ronald Schmuck is a detective with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and a current professional trainer for CPD’s Education and Training Division. Since 2005, Schmuck has served as a sex crimes detective, helping to build up the sex crimes unit within the Department where he began as the only sex crimes detective. After being recognized by his peers, advocates, and most importantly, by survivors for his diligence and tireless work on behalf of victims of sexual violence, Schmuck was asked to provide professional training to law enforcement on how to apply more trauma-informed practices. Resilience honors Schmuck for centering survivors in their pursuit of safety and healing, working collaboratively with advocates and other service providers, and for his genuine care and compassion in his approach to investigating sex crimes.



Brenda Tracy

Brenda Tracy is a mother, Registered Nurse, advocate and survivor. After she was brutally raped by four men in 1998, she reported the crime to police and underwent an invasive forensic examination. Although law enforcement collected extensive evidence – including confessions from her attackers–the District Attorney refused to prosecute her case. She was never advised of her victims’ rights, nor informed when officials destroyed her evidence three years prior to the statute of limitations.

Sixteen years later, Ms. Tracy found the courage to come forward publicly, and now seeks to make the world a better place for survivors. Ms. Tracy has worked closely with Oregon legislators to expand victims’ rights and has successfully helped to pass seven Oregon laws, including extending the Oregon Statute of Limitations to prosecute rape and mandatory testing of all rape kits in Oregon.

An authentic and powerful communicator, Ms. Tracy travels the country speaking to nonprofits, corporations and athletic teams, students and administrators at top universities including Stanford, Michigan and Ohio State. Everyone she speaks to, she serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration that collectively and individually, we can all make a difference.

Ms. Tracy has appeared as a guest on CNN, Nightline, and ESPN. She has written Op-Eds for the Huffington Post, Sports Illustrated, and The Oregonian. She is a contributing author to the book We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out.

Ms. Tracy served as a member on the NCAA Commission to combat sexual violence and has won numerous awards, including the 2016 National Service Courage award given to her by the United States Attorney General. In 2016 she was named ESPNs top 25 female athletes and influencers. Most recently she was honored by Politico as a Woman of Impact: Leading in a Divided Nation.

Ms. Tracy is the founder of the national campaign and nonprofit, SetTheExpectation which aims to raise awareness around issues of sexual and gender-based violence through the power of sports while also engaging, empowering and educating men as change agents. Her stance on “men as the solution and not the problem” has garnered national attention and made her one of the country’s most influential voices. As the author of the Tracy Rule, the most comprehensive serious misconduct policy in the country, Ms. Tracy is changing the landscape of college athletics.



Please click here to purchase a sponsorship.

Please note the deadline to become a sponsor and be included on print materials is March 13, 2020. For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Amy O’Keeffe at aokeeffe@ourresilience.org.


You can donate to the Evening of Impact by clicking here.

Thank you for choosing to support our 17th Annual Evening of Impact: Everyone Empowered. We are so grateful for your support of sexual violence response and prevention services in Chicago, and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of this important event.



Please click here to view our silent auction items.

You can register to participate in our silent auction, view items, and bid on items! Be sure to check the link regularly as we add more exciting items to our silent auction.



Evening of Impact

The Evening of Impact is Resilience’s largest annual gathering inviting donors, partners, friends, and allies to celebrate our impact in the lives of survivors and our continued work to create a world free of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment. Proceeds from the evening go toward supporting Resilience’s programs and services, helping to ensure that survivors and their communities continue to have access to vital resources and a place to heal.

Visionary Award

The Dr. Natalie A. Stephens Visionary Award recognizes the work of far-sighted leaders who have made a powerful and lasting impact on the movement to end sexual violence. The award is named in honor of our late founder, Dr. Natalie A. Stephens, who served as an OB/GYN at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and, together with ten medical and nursing students, founded Rape Victim Advocates in 1974 to provide survivors with a place of healing. 

Past Visionary Award Winners

  • Kenyette Tisha Barnes and Oronike Odeleye, 2019
  • Tarana Burke, 2018
  • Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino, 2017
  • Kristie Paskvan, 2016
  • Dr. Beth E. Richie, 2015
  • Shauna Prewitt; Sexual Assault Justice Project of CAASE; and LifeSpan, 2013
  • Tom and Mary Seeburg; RVA’s Volunteers Past and Present, 2012
  • Megan Twohey, David Jackson, and Gary Marx; Lookingglass Theatre Company, 2011
  • Jane M. Saks and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts and Media; Scheherazade Tillet and A Long Walk Home; Catharsis Projections, 2010
  • 35th Anniversary Celebration (no Visionary Awards given), 2009
  • The Honorable Virginia M. Kendall and Senator Carol A. Ronen, 2008
  • Mary Morten and Sunny Fischer, 2007
  • Lisa Madigan; Camille Romero; and Chiharu Iwasaki, 2006
  • Jamie Kalven, 2005 
  • Barbara Engel; Polly Poskin; and Gerardo Montemayor (posthumous award), 2004
  • Jamie Frankic-Birket; Tracy Gleason; and Universal Express, LLC, 2003

For more information: please contact Amy O’Keeffe, Director of Development.

Our Evening of Impact website banner is designed by Pono Design Studio.


Leader Sponsor







Benefactor Sponsor

Elizabeth and Michael Beaudin
Iris and Robert Center & Becky and Jonathan Center
Denise and Donald Delves
Beth Kallmyer
McKaye Whiteside

Partner Sponsor

Gary and Vicki Pines

Design Sponsor

To become a sponsor for the Evening of Impact, please contact Amy O’Keeffe at aokeeffe@ourresilience.org.



Birds & B-Sides

To become an in-kind sponsor of the Evening of Impact, please contact Lindsay Cogan at lcogan@ourresilience.org.



Kelley Kitley, Owner, Serendipitous Psychotherapy, LLC
Katherine Stabler
, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Nuveen
McKaye Whiteside, MBA Candidate, Kellogg School of Management

To join the Evening of Impact Host Committee, please contact Amy O’Keeffe at aokeeffe@ourresilience.org.



Tom Andreesen, President
Kate Meyer, Vice President
Lauren Pesa, Treasurer
Julie Cameron, Secretary
Anne Biere
Jonathan Center
Christal Henderson
Crystal Clark
Beth Kallmyer
Jackie Koesters
Bill Kral
Gibbs Vandercook
Sarah Wallace
McKaye Whiteside



Mindu Jhattu
Michelle D. Morrow, Ed.D
Alexandra Musgrove
Jennifer Zale

To join our silent auction committee, please contact Amy O’Keeffe at aokeeffe@ourresilience.org.



Alliance Française de Chicago
Angela Renée
Anthenaum Theatre Productions
Centered on North
Chicago Pizza Tours
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Farmhouse Chicago
The HiFi Case
Humboldt House
Giordano Dance
Great Lakes Tattoo
International Museum of Surgical Science
Lincoln Hall
MaZi Dance Fitness
Midheaven Acupuncture
Music Box Theatre
Sanders Fine Portraits
Shedd Aquarium
Wines for Humanity

To donate an item, experience, or gift to our silent auction, please contact Amy O’Keeffe at aokeeffe@ourresilience.org.